Snow job too big for two young cadets

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TWO selfless teenagers from North Tyneside have done their bit to help out the elderly during the cold weather.

Elliot Rogers, 15, and Liam McConville, 14, turned up unannounced in Village Court, Whitley Bay, last week and started clearing the snow from residents’ pathways.

The boys, who are both air cadets with the 346 Squadron Air Training Corps Tynemouth, spent two days shovelling the snow and asked for nothing in return.

But when residents discovered that the friends were in the process of fundraising for a trip to South Africa in July, they were more than happy to contribute to their cause.

Elliot, of Roxborough Terrace, Whitley Bay, and Liam, of Shields Road, Whitley Bay, need to raise £2,150 to fund the three-week long trip where they will help an African community rebuild and paint schools, play football with the children and help out with day to day routines.

Estate manager Carol Coughtrey said: “On behalf of the residents of Village Court, I would like to thank Elliot and Liam for their hard work and thoughtfulness.

“No one asked them to do this. They took it up upon themselves to help the elderly.

“They did not ask for money but residents were so grateful and when we found out about their South Africa trip, word went round and we contributed to help them on their way.

“They are a credit to their parents, schools and the community.”

Elliot, a pupil at Whitley Bay High School, and Liam, who attends St Thomas More RC Academy, would like to thank the residents for supporting their fundraising efforts and for the hospitality they received during their time in Village Court.